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Kristol says Thune might be considering a presidential run

William Kristol, founder and editor of the Weekly Standard, says that he’s been told U.S. Sen. John Thune of South Dakota is reconsidering his decision not to be a Republican candidate in the 2012 presidential race.

Speaking on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, Kristol said, “I think Thune is re-thinking a little bit. He was sort of more, I’d say, the more establishment candidate of the senators.”

The decision, Kristol added, depends on “whether or not there is a huge vaccuum,” noting that if former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney isn’t garnering traction and if former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty “doesn’t take off” then Thune might be more apt to once again test the waters.

The exchange regarding Thune is embedded below:

In February, Thune ruled out a bid for the White House, citing his belief that he could best battle on fiscal issues as a member of the U.S. Senate.

It is also worth noting that toward the end of the C-SPAN discussion, Kristol, a mostly fiscal conservative, seems willing to push nearly every GOP Senator viewed as remotely fiscal conservative into the national spotlight. In addition to his affiliation with the Weekly Standard, Kristol has served as chairman for the Project for a New American Century and director of the Project for a Republican Future. He regularly appears on Fox News, and was chief of staff to Vice President Dan Quayle.

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